May 5, 2016 – History was made at the University of San Diego in Linda Vista when Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. – Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter brought in its first new members at the University. Three young men, Greg Spruell, Myles Ginyard, and Jordan Harrison are the first African-Americans to join a historically Black fraternity exclusively recognized and sanctioned at USD in the schools 66-year history. Spruell (24) is in the United States Navy assigned to the U.S.S. America. Ginyard (20) from Washington D.C. is a business finance major, and Harrison (21) from Bakersfield is a behavioral neuroscience pre-med major. Both are juniors at USD and they will shoulder the responsibility of growing the new chapter on campus over next fall with the help of the OIS Alumni Chapter.
The University of San Diego, founded in 1949, has 18 fraternities and sororities within its Greek community comprising approximately 34% of USD’s student body (sandiego.edu). No historically Black Greek Letter Organizations have ever been officially been recognized as members of the university’s Interfraternity or Panhellenic Councils. During the school’s history in San Diego, several other historically Black Greek Letter Organizations have had respective members on campus as students, yet the organizations themselves did not enjoy official membership on campus. In the fall of 2015, university officials met with officials from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated to develop a plan to bring the school’s very first sanctioned NPHC (historically black) fraternity into existence.